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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Frenkie De Jong

Chelsea are set to sign Frenkie de Jong and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if Barcelona let both players leave this month.

Manchester United last month agreed to a £72million fee to sign De Jong, but he has a £17million deferred wage and will not agree to leave until paid. Barcelona want him to stay, but only if he agrees to a significant pay cut and accepts a £6million settlement for his deferred wage.

Chelsea are willing to match United’s £72m bid and unlike United they can offer De Jong Champions League football.

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Aubameyang and De Jong celebrate Barcelona’s scoring at Napoli

Aubameyang moved from Arsenal to Barcelona on a free transfer in January. He has three years left on his contract. Although Thomas Tuchel has been reluctant to talk about Aubameyang publicly, he is eager to rejoin a player who scored 79 goals for him at Borussia Dortmund in two seasons.

Tuchel’s priority is to sign a centre-back and forward this month and Chelsea are increasingly confident they can strike a deal to sign Leicester defender Wesley Fofana and are preparing a third offer. Leicester don’t want to sell Fofana, but they would find it difficult to turn down a nearly £80million offer.

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Meanwhile, Inter Milan are asking Chelsea to pay £12million for 19-year-old midfielder Cesare Casadei, even though he has not yet played for their first team.

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left) on the sidelines during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, First Leg match at Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund.
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Thomas Tuchel worked with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left) at Dortmund

Chelsea are taking a two-pronged approach to buying players this summer for now and for the future. Last week they signed Aston Villa’s 18-year-old midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka on a £20m deal. They have also signed 18-year-old Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina and 18-year-old Arsenal winger Omari Hutchinson.

Man United working on all options in midfield

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - JULY 19: FC Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong (21) during the exhibition game between FC Barcelona and Inter Miami CF on July 19, 2022 at the DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fl.  (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)
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De Jong will be chased by Manchester United all summer

Manchester United, meanwhile, have continued to work on all options in midfield as a deal for De Jong was complicated to do.

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United have not given up on De Jong and there is still a belief that a deal must be struck. Central midfield has been a priority for United all summer, who have a broad agreement in principle for the arrival of Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot. The signing of both Rabio and De Jong is not excluded.

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